Recently, a friend contacted me about creating a painting for her upcoming wedding anniversary. Her husband’s mother still lives on the family farm where she raised a large family and my friend wanted a piece that commemorated that special place. She choose a view of the old shed and garden behind the farmhouse. We all drove up together one sunny morning and as I painted, the couple did chores for their mother. Afterwards we had a robust, yummy lunch together. I’m so pleased they liked the painting and will be making giclee prints for other family members as well. And also thankful for a wonderful day together with a loving family.
I am pleased to have two paintings accepted into the Great Lakes Pastel Society Juried Member Show this year. If you are in the Owosso, Michigan area, stop by the Shiawassee Arts Center and check out the exhibit. Our group creates outstanding art works! The Artist Reception is this Sunday afternoon.
Usually on the last day of a plein air festival there is a Quick Draw event. Often the organizers request that all of the artists work downtown, but at the Paint Dexter Plein Air Festival we could paint anywhere around Dexter. I had always wanted to capture the iconic clock on main street, so I set up right in the center of the city and waited for the official start time to begin. We only had 3 hours to paint, frame and deliver so time was of the essence! I sketched the whole scene with a transparent red oxide (similar to sienna) and started blocking in the darkest areas. Since my structure was already down, I could then start laying in color over that skeleton. And because I use a very limited palette, it was easy to mix my colors. I finished up early and took a quick (crooked!) photo of the wet painting, framed it and rushed it over to the jury tent.
I was very pleased to win the First Place Award for the Quick Draw, and to sell the painting at the silent auction later that day!
Another square composition, but this time painted on a clear, bright morning during the Paint Dexter Plein Air Festival in August. Feel like I am finally, consistently putting enough paint on the canvas…
Lately, I’ve become more and more interested in square canvases. I find it a little more difficult to create an interesting composition on them and relish that challenge.
It was quite hazy one morning during the Paint Dexter Plein Air Festival and I loved the way a large, distant farm disappeared into the fog. This view only lasted about a half hour so I had to block in the view very quickly and memorize the colors and misty effect. Then, instead of “chasing the light” I remained loyal to my original impression for the next hour and a half of painting.